Charlotte Muru-Lanning

Charlotte Muru-Lanning (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui) is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her at charlotte@thespinoff.co.nz.

Food
Aug 1, 2021

The wahine winemaker hunting for a sense of place

She hunts, she butchers, she makes wine – but Jannine Rickards is only just getting started.

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Food
Jul 28, 2021

Inside one artist's fantastical world of felt food

Cute and unnerving at the same time, these squishy sculptures are heading to Wellington.

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Food
Jul 15, 2021

The truth behind the cult Japanese convenience stores opening in NZ

Konbini culture comes to Auckland? Not quite...

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Food
Jul 8, 2021

Why people are lining up for hours at this little North Shore bakery

What's so special about Young's Bakery? Hint: it's not just the cakes and pastries.

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Ātea Otago
Jul 6, 2021

The connections with wai that can keep us safer in the water

Despite Māori over-representation in the death statistics, drowning prevention strategies have largely neglected Māori perspectives on water safety.

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Society
Jul 6, 2021

The hospitality industry needs much more than a reset

The model we have in New Zealand is broken, and continuing to patch it up with cheap labour is not a solution.

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Te Ohu Kaimoana
Jul 2, 2021

Te hī ika: How Māori fishing rights were saved – but only just

Looking back at the landmark fisheries settlement between Māori and the Crown, 30 years since it was signed.

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Food
Jun 26, 2021
Ātea
Jun 23, 2021

The occupation at Pūtiki Bay, Waiheke – explained

A planned marina at Kennedy Point is at the heart of a dispute which recently saw police arrested three protesters.

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Books
Jun 4, 2021

Hinemoa Elder’s book is getting the Oprah effect

A mention from Oprah’s Book Club is manna from publishing heaven. Last week, the first book by Dr Hinemoa Elder, Aroha, was included on one of the club’s lists.

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Ātea
May 20, 2021

Koro’s Hāngi welcomes us into a lively whānau tradition

Watch | This Doc Edge short invites us into the home and garden of a whānau using the hāngi to keep their bond and traditions strong.

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Food
May 16, 2021

The South Auckland baker bringing an island flavour to vegan sweet treats

Turns out you can have your panikeke and be vegan too.

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Ātea
May 8, 2021

James and Isey is an intimate celebration of life, aroha and kaumātua

Featuring probably the most aesthetically pleasing 100th birthday party you'll ever see.

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Ātea
Apr 30, 2021

Oranga Tamariki has breached Treaty, Waitangi Tribunal finds

The Waitangi Tribunal has released its urgent inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, recommending the Crown 'steps back from further intrusion'.

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Food
Apr 17, 2021

Chefs on why you should take your leftovers home – and how to jazz them up

Turning what you couldn't quite finish the night before into a delicious treat the next day.

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Ātea
Apr 9, 2021

The Haka Party Incident masterfully brings to life a bold act of resistance

ATC's gutsy new production hammers home the enduring relevance of a fleeting confrontation 40 years ago.

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Ātea
Apr 4, 2021

The new generation rebuilding Tapu Te Ranga Marae

Pare Sannyasi grew up at Wellington’s Tapu Te Ranga Marae, founded by her father Bruce Stewart. Now she's part of the rebuilding process after the main whare was destroyed by fire in 2019.

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Business
Mar 30, 2021

Light at end of tunnel for Lifewise workers, two years on

After almost two years in limbo, aged care workers at the Methodist-run charity Lifewise have struck a deal that both sides hope will put an end to recent industrial action.

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Society
Mar 17, 2021

Questions raised over charity’s fundraising drive for K Rd cafe

Supporters are thrilled that Merge will remain open, but some have concerns about the campaign.

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Ātea
Mar 8, 2021

Cousins tells Māori stories with subtlety, kindness and aroha

The film adaptation of Patricia Grace’s novel is a hopeful glimpse at what could be a new era of cinema in New Zealand.

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Food
Mar 6, 2021

Ice with red wine: is it ever OK?

Iced latte, iced americano, iced tea... why not iced red wine?

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Food
Mar 5, 2021

He was ejected from MAFS NZ due to domestic violence charges. Now he wants to open a bar on K Rd

Former reality show contestant Chris Mansfield has plans to open a bar in Auckland’s St Kevin's Arcade. Some locals are determined to stop him.

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Business
Feb 26, 2021

Soap Dancehall: The new Auckland bar where a fun night out doesn’t cost a bomb

With crowd-friendly dance tunes and affordable drinks, a new dancehall and bar opening tonight is hoping to make going out more accessible for Aucklanders.

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Ātea Otago
Feb 23, 2021

How non-Māori students play a part in te reo revitalisation

If we want to meet the goal of one million speakers by 2040, it’s going to take a team effort.

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Ātea
Feb 22, 2021

What the new tenancy laws mean for Māori

The legislative changes are designed to improve renters' rights, but will they make a difference to the people who have borne the brunt of the housing crisis?

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Society
Feb 14, 2021

Hear me out: Valentine’s Day doesn’t suck

Put some sparkly heart-shaped earrings on, splurge on Fancy Feast for your cat, bake a cake to share (or not) and embrace it.

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